The purpose of the Encourager program is for followers of Jesus, known as “Encouragers,” to develop a one-on-one, adult to student, friendship with a child from the Little Rock, North Little Rock, or Pulaski County school district.  Through this relationship, we hope to motivate the student to consistently show improvement in attitude, self-confidence, behavior and, although the program is not necessarily academically driven, academics.

How It Works

Encouragers commit to meeting once a week from October through April at their selected school on the designated day and time. Teachers select students in need and identify an area of focus.  With the guidance of a Facilitator, the Encouragers spend thirty minutes with each child, working with teacher-provided classroom materials.  Encouragers are also trained to understand the socioeconomic dynamics of our society and to be a non-judgmental friend who cares and looks to build on positives.  The philosophy behind this program is simply that a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult can and will make a positive difference in the life of an at-risk child.

For more information, contact our Director:

Jamey Henderson, Executive Director/Encourager Coordinator
Email: jamey@stepministries.org
Mobile: 501.773.9161

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